JOHOR BARU - A Singaporean monk accused of assaulting a 23-year-old Indonesian maid has been freed while his female companion has admitted to the crime.
The monk was released from police custody because there was no proof he was involved in the assault, said Kulai OCPD Supt Razak Md Said.
The woman, 46, pleaded guilty to the charge of "causing hurt by dangerous means" at the Kulai magistrate's court yesterday.
She was fined RM5,000 (S$1,700), in default six months' jail, and paid the fine, said Supt Razak, adding that the monk was a witness in the investigation.
It was reported that the pair were arrested on Friday after the maid lodged a police report that they hit her with a hammer and bare hands for refusing to marry the monk.
The maid told police she escaped from the house in Jalan Lengkongan, Kulai, and ran to a neighbour for help.
Supt Razak said the maid worked for the woman, who owns the three-storey house.
"The ground floor has been converted into a temple while the upper floors were residential areas," he said.
According to him, the monk frequently travelled between Malaysia and Singapore.
He dismissed public speculation that the monk and woman were married or living together.